THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Midfielder

Miller quickly established himself in the Hibs first team, with Graham Spiers describing him as the "king of Hibs" after a 1–1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox.

 

Liam Miller Profile

 

National team Republic of Ireland
International debut 31st March 2004 (versus Czech Republic)

 

Miller's career began in Scotland, joining Celtic in 1997 as a youth player. He made his professional league debut for the Glasgow side against Dundee United on 21st May 2000. His first Scottish Premier League goals came in a 5–0 win over Hearts on 18th October 2003 before netting in a Champions League match against Lyon.

Despite Celtic offering the midfielder a permanent deal, Miller opted to sign a pre-contract with English giants Manchester United. After only 26 appearances for the Bhoys, Miller's decision greatly disappointed Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.

Miller joined Manchester United for free on 1st July 2004, and scored his first goal for the club on 26th October 2004 against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup. After the start of his career for the Red Devils, he found first-team opportunities rare towards the end of the 2004/05 season. He was given a rare first-team start in January 2005 in an FA Cup tie against non-league Exeter City, but turned in a poor performance and was substituted in the second half.

It was made clear that Miller was not part of Alex Ferguson's plans when, despite the huge number of senior players missing, he was still only a substitute in the opening game of the Red Devils' tour of South Africa against Orlando Pirates on 16th July 2006. In his entire time at Manchester United between 2004 to 2006, Miller would only made only 22 first-team appearances, just nine of which were league matches.

Miller moved to Sunderland for free on a three-year deal in August 2006, joining up with new Sunderland manager and former team-mate Roy Keane. Despite scoring his first Premier League goal for the Club, the midfielder received somewhat needless red cards in matches that Sunderland went on to lose, one such sending off against Chelsea in December 2007 for a push on Claudio Pizarro. Manager Roy Keane placed Miller on the transfer list on 27th February 2008 due to a 'lack of discipline' and 'poor timekeeping', evidenced by his frequent lateness arriving to training sessions.

In January 2009 for an undisclosed fee, Miller signed a permanent contract with Queen's Park Rangers until the end of the 2009/10 season. However just six months after joining QPR, Liam was released by the Club, paving the way for John Hughes to take the midfielder to Hibernian.

Miller signed for Hibernian in August 2009 on a two year deal.

His early performances for the team were rewarded with the Scottish Premier League player of the month award for October 2009. However, Miller's form mirrored the rest of the Hibs team as it went into a slump in 2010, which lead to the departure of manager John Hughes.

New manager Colin Calderwood signed three new midfielders in January 2011 and left Miller out of the starting lineup for two games soon afterwards. Calderwood expressed hope that improved results and competition for places would bring better form out of Miller, who the manager described as a top-level player.

Miller expressed a desire to stay at Hibs in March 2011 after two seasons in Leith, but the two parties did not agree a new contact, which allowed the midfielder to leave the club. Miller would then play his football in Australia after signing for A-League club Perth Glory on a two-year contract in June 2011.

Miller's debut for the Republic of Ireland first team would be a substitute appearance on 31st March 2004 against Czech Republic in a 2–1 win. His first goal for Ireland came in a 3–0 win over Sweden on 1st March 2006 where he had made a run and a 25 yard shot rifled into the top of the net.

Despite Miller being without a club during the summer of 2009, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni continued to select him for the Ireland squad.

 


 

Full name Liam William Peter Miller
Date of birth 13th February 1981
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 5ft 8in

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